Duke Energy Florida (DEF) is positioning thousands of solar panels along a 17-acre tract in the Osceola County community of Kenansville to realize its strategic vision of doubling utility-owned solar energy in the state by 2024.
The Duke Energy Osceola Solar Facility on Canoe Creek Road in Kenansville will generate up to 3.8MW of electricity and is expected to begin operations this spring, enabling Floridians to achieve greater access to renewable energy sources.
"We are excited by the advancements we're making in Florida's solar development," Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida, said. "This is one more step in providing cleaner, smarter energy solutions that customers value. We'll continue taking advantage of declining solar prices as we move forward with our strategy."
The new facility in progress sits on a larger parcel that already includes the DEF owned and operated Canoe Creek transmission substation, which will permit the new solar facility grid connectivity without additional easements or complicated line construction.
Other forward-looking projects underway by Duke Energy planned for the next three years include 22,000 solar panels on 22 acres in Taylor County for a 5-MW solar facility; a second 5-MW facility for the area serving Disney World; and a rooftop solar and battery storage project for USF St. Petersburg.